All of a sudden last week it got hot. Not that scorching overbearing heat of the dog days, but those warm sunny days have returned early this year and the city was buzzing with life. I have been feeling discombobulated. The team that wasn’t supposed to win the conference, ended up going to the national finals and work has once again consumed my life. One day I am at work at 5am and the next I am working at 5pm. I have promised myself that I am not going to let all the new changes become all consuming so this past weekend I grabbed my camera pack and headed to the city.
After enjoying a yummy pizza pie and a pitcher, we set out to explore. Unfortunately, when we started the truck, the check engine light came on. We checked the fluids and could find nothing amiss so we decided to just hike around on foot for a while and work off the pizza. The sun was very bright and the shadows long. After walking enough to work up a good sweat and get a little lost, we decided to return to the car and head home. Who said GPS smart phones don’t come in handy?
Not wanting to push the truck too hard, we took the surface streets out of the city. Maybe it was the full moon, maybe just the shift in the weather, but some of the things we saw had a surreal quality to them, cheerleaders in uniform practicing at a city waterfall in an empty park, the police stopping traffic over parallel parking gone wrong. A one eyed man stood at the corner and at the end of the leash in his hand stood a three-legged dog; he waved as I tried in vain to get a clear shot as we whizzed by. Maybe the city, like me, is just feeling restless.
The truck is back from the shop. After running diagnostics; they replaced a tail lamp and reset the check engine light and pronounced it healthy. Go figure, I guess it was just the universe wishing me a happy April Fool’s Day.